PHOTOS: First Severe Storm Outbreak of Season Strikes Eastern Half of US

By Kristen Rodman, Staff Writer
April 5, 2014; 4:40 AM ET
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The first series of severe weather events thrashed across the eastern half of the United States late this week, producing golf ball-sized hail, damaging wind gusts, heavy rain and even a few tornadoes.

Beginning late Wednesday night and ramping up Thursday, the storm system erupted spanning from northern Texas to southern Indiana.

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Rounds of storms left thousands without power in Arkansas on Thursday night and numerous roadways flooded throughout Indiana.

By Thursday evening, nine tornadoes had been ignited by the storm system throughout Missouri, Kansas and Texas.

The severe weather will move eastward on Friday, impacting areas from Atlanta to Cleveland.

Ominous thunderstorm clouds hover over farmland near Lueders, Texas, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (Facebook Fan Photo/West Texas Media Group)

A tornado touches down in University City, Mo., on Thursday morning, April 3, 2014, generating widespread damage in the town. (Twitter Photo/Professional Firefighters of University City)

Large hail falls in northern Texas on Thursday, April 3, 2014, as a severe storm system moves through the region. (Instagram Photo/Clint Johnson).

A car windshield is smashed after a storm system drops large hail in Denton County, Texas, on Thursday, April 3, 2014. (Twitter Photo/@kristennic27)

A storm rolls through Union, Mo., on Friday, April 4, 2014. (Instagram Photo/@nrdblaze)

Thunderstorm clouds loom over midtown Atlanta, Ga., on Friday morning, April 4, 2014. (Instagram Photo/@ipfmcd)

A tornado warned cell in Laurie, Mo. - April 3, 2014. (Photo/AviWxChasers)


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